Subject: bin/4534: sysinst geometry problems
To: None <>
From: Bill Sommerfeld <>
List: netbsd-bugs
Date: 11/18/1997 15:23:45
>Number:         4534
>Category:       bin
>Synopsis:       sysinst geometry problems
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       critical
>Priority:       high
>Responsible:    bin-bug-people (Utility Bug People)
>State:          open
>Class:          sw-bug
>Submitter-Id:   net
>Arrival-Date:   Tue Nov 18 07:35:01 1997
>Originator:     Bill Sommerfeld
>Release:        971114-ish
System: NetBSD 1.3_ALPHA NetBSD 1.3_ALPHA (ORCHARD) #12: Sat Nov 8 09:13:50 EST 1997 i386

	I am attempting to install a new system with 2x2GB scsi hard drives.
	i am unable to get past the geometry screens except by making up
	numbers for the geometry; the first set of screens gives a
	choice of five different geometries, and then a second one asks me to
	select between the "real" and "fake" geometries,
	and then it rejects both of these because the cylinder and
	sector counts are too large; all of the suggested geometries 
	had a sector count larger than 63; many of them also had
	cylinder counts greater then 1024..

	If it's going to suggest fake geometries, shouldn't the fake
	geometries it suggest make it past the subsequent filters it offers?

	Also, once you get to the "enter your own geometry from
	scratch" screen, there's no way to go back to previous menus;
	you have to control-C out..

	Feel free to contact me for more information or for
	clarification; sorry if this is excessively vague.
	Try to install onto system with big disk.
	Unknown at this time; reporting bug now so it doesn't get lost.